Australia vs England Live : Australia vs England Live Stream, England head coach Eddie Jones has sprung a surprise in naming his starting XV for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash against Australia.Despite the disruption caused by Typhoon Hagibis, England and Australia are both safely through to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
Just when you thought you’d got Eddie Jones all worked out… the England coach goes and springs a huge World Cup surprise.George Ford, who has played exceptionally well over these first three games in the World Cup, has been dropped to the bench for England’s biggest game in eight years.
Out goes George Ford, who is replaced at fly-half by Owen Farrell.Captain Farrell has appeared at centre so far this tournament, but Henry Slade replaces him in the midfield, forming a potent partnership with Manu Tuilagi.
On the decision to leave Ford out, Jones told Sky Sports: “We don’t see it as dropping. I know the media does – but we see him as playing a different role. He is going to finish the game for us, and have an equally important role as when he was starting.
“We have a number of other players in our squad of 31 who are disappointed, but they are all professional enough. They have got a great team spirit and they know they have got a role to play.
“Everyone has got a role to play on the Saturday, even our guys outside the 23. George understands the role he has to play. Obviously he would have liked to start but he is coping with it well.”
Billy Vunipola has recovered from the ankle injury he suffered against Argentina to take his place in the back row alongside Tom Curry and Sam Underhill.
Mako Vunipola, Billy’s brother, makes his first start of the World Cup at prop with Joe Marler dropping down to the bench.
Meanwhile, in the second row Jones has gone for the tough-tackling Courtney Lawes instead of line-out specialist George Kruis.
The selection of Lawes and Mako Vunipola suggests that Jones is confident England have the edge over Australia in the set-piece and he is more concerned with winning the battle in the loose.
Kruis is a better line-out jumper than Lawes and Marler a superior scrummager to Vunipola, but neither is as prominent in defence.
“We need to defend with brutality and when we have the ball we need play on top of them,” said Jones.